The recent Senate vote embracing Joe Lieberman's resolution declaring that Iran has committed acts of war against the United States, as Chris Floyd observes, "puts a gun in Bush's hand and screams for him to pull the trigger."
By 97-0 the Senate has thus officially bought into the propaganda coming from the Bush-Cheney camp regarding Iran's role in the escalating violence in Iraq. Mind you, solid evidence of the Iran government's direct participation in attacks against US soldiers is nonexistent, while claims that Iran is planning to develop nuclear weapons are dubious at best. But the madmen (and women) in charge want their wider war, bend to Israel's will, believe the propaganda dutifully repeated and magnified by the "reporting" of scum like Michael Gordon, and rush to proclaim their willingness to turn the Middle East--and perhaps the world--into a boiling cauldron of unending war and destruction.
What have we come to? We already destroyed one country that posed no threat to us. And now the great minds of the power elites are slavering to do it again. The whole world is going to hate us (more than they already do, if that's possible) and consider the US a pariah, a rogue state indeed.
Let's not kid ourselves:
In this manner, Congress, nominally controlled by the opposition party, has granted the Bush administration advance approval for the commencement of hostilities against Iran. Since the Senate has announced, with no dissenting votes at all, that Iran is itself responsible for acts of war against the United States, and the House has stated, with only two voices in opposition, that Iran is illegally and clandestinely developing nuclear weapons, no prominent Democrat will be able to offer any principled, significant policy objection when Bush announces that the bombs have already begun to fall.
(Arthur Silber, quoted above, has much more to say on the topic, and much better than I could ever say it. Please, please go and read it.)
Chris Floyd asks, "Having officially affirmed that Iran is waging war on American forces, how, pray tell, can you then deny the president when he asks (if he asks) for the authorization to 'defend our troops'? Answer: you can't."
Speaking of acts of war, the United States has already been engaging in such acts against Iran: covert action, use of Iranian groups on our own terrorist lists in clandestine activities against the Iranian regime, kidnapping of Iranian officials in Iraq. Our own Congress has passed measures calling for an overthrow of the Iranian government. We've got a huge naval presence in the Gulf. And now Congress has passed resolutions laying the groundwork for an all-out military attack on Iran.
Perhaps Arthur Silber is right in saying that a massive outpouring of protest across the nation, on talk radio and blogs, in phone calls and e-mails to our elected representatives, could change the tide. But I'm not so sure. After all, Congress has so far ignored the 70% of Americans who want us out of Iraq. Why would they listen to us on this?
Worse, the American people may, after all, and having learned nothing in the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, swallow the propaganda anyway. Certainly the MSM is doing nothing to question the administration's claims. And the criminals in Washington have hit on what they think will make yet another war crime acceptable to the average citizen: Iran is endangering and even attacking our soldiers! We must take action to protect them!
I'm very afraid that it won't be long now before the bombs rain down on the innocent people of Iran. I'm reduced to hoping against hope that the brutal exercise of naked power will not include nuclear weapons.
UPDATE: No sooner did I post this than I stumbled on this headline from Juan Cole: "Are We Already at War? Have US-enabled Kurds Killed 200 Iranian Troops?" The story suggests that the US is covertly supporting PJAK, a Kurdish group that makes incursions into Iran and trains recruits in guerilla warfare.
I don't need to point out the hypocrisy of our elected officials in accusing Iran of acts of war against us, do I?